Once upon a time, we had witnessed what Apple called the Mac mini. (yes it was a thing)


But after a 1000 days and a myriad of products the likes of the Apple Watch, the AirPods, the Touch Bar MacBook Pro, and the little HomePod.


Both you and I, we all thought the Mac Mini had seen its last days.


Until now.





“We do plan for Mac Mini to be an important part of Apple moving forward”, Tim Cook.


A customer, who goes by the name Krar, emailed Tim Cook to say that the Mac mini hasn’t seen an update in three years. 


Krar asked:

Hi Tim

I love the Mac Mini but it’s been over 3 years now without an update.

Are we going to see anything in the pipeline any time soon ?




Tim Cook’s response (which was first officially shared to us by the guys over at MacRumors) :

I’m glad you love the Mac mini. We love it too. Our customers have found so many creative and interesting uses for the Mac mini. While it is not time to share any details, we do plan for Mac mini to be an important part of our product line going forward.







It’s surprising that Tim even told us. For that he deserves our thanks. 


Tim Cook is not going to reveal when and what the next Mac mini might hold for us, but it’s surprising that he even said that it still has a future knowing how secretive Apple can be.





Funny thing. Even smartphones these days have a greater RAM than the last Mac mini.


The current Mac mini (the one that was released way back in 2014) still runs on Haswell processors, Intell HD 5000 integrated graphics, and a 4GB RAM which is funny when you look at how the new smartphones of today have greater RAM than the Mac Mini.


It also starts at $499, which is waaay off the market, with desktops these days offering the most current options for a much cheaper price tag.


It needs an update, yes, and with the market tipped in favour for cheaper and more powerful devices, you’re forgiven to think it had lost its place.





What might the next Mac mini be like? And most important of all: Where does it fit in?


The future is unclear.


First up, the Mac mini was notable for its introduction of the 4K HDMI port, maybe Apple might have saw it becoming the home theater PCs in our homes, but now we have Apple TV for that and it’s doing fairly well.


Second, the Mac Mini’s customizable server configurations (remember that?) but that kinda gave away to it’s own death in 2014 with the rebirth of an all-in-one macOS Server (which is now a pretty useful app that you can download in your Mac App Store).


Aside from that it has no place in any of Apple’s focus whatsoever.


But maybe, just maybe, Apple might focus on classrooms, an area where Apple have lost it’s friends to Google and Microsoft.


And with loyal fans like the worried customer who emailed Tim Cook about it, it shows they have not given up on the Mac mini. 


Not just yet.


It will be here. Just you wait and see.




Image by Ike Edeani for Bloomberg Businessweek.